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Just prior to beginning the evening’s feast, Peninsula Fire Chief Gary Pini takes some time out of the kitchen to mingle, chat and welcome guests to the festivities Jan. 12. Over 180 folks settled in for an evening of social interaction and great food at the annual Peninsula Firemen’s Association Crab Feed. Photo by Gregg Scott

Peninsula Firemen’s Association hosts Crab Feed

The Peninsula Firemen’s Association annual crab feed has become a destination event for many residents in the Almanor Basin.

Tickets for this year’s gathering Jan. 12 were sold out in a seven-day period with a substantial waiting list hoping for cancellations.

With over 180 attendees Clifford’s Restaurant in the Country Club was close to capacity as the firemen served up salads, dinner rolls and heaping plates of cracked crab.

With 800 pounds of crab to be distributed there was little to no wait to have your plate filled again … and again.

Even though the association had drawn butter, cocktail sauce and lemon wedges available, many of the patrons have learned that if they bring their own condiments they have fewer times to leave their seats, so large drawn butter warmers, extra lemons and even mayonnaise are a common sight on many tables.

It is also not uncommon to finish off the evening with one, two or more pieces of delicious cake that was donated by Pat Roarty, owner of Patty Cakes.

Chester resident Leslie Scott quipped that she heard one diner say, “I think I’ve eaten myself into a food coma,” which seemed to be a comment on the quality of the event.

Besides the quality and quantity of food, this annual gathering is a wonderful opportunity to renew old acquaintances as well as meet new friends.

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